Cuba Assesses Environmental Impact Of Fuel Storage Facility Fire

Cuba examines the environmental impacts of an explosion at a fuel storage facility

Havana 10 August : Cuban scientists and experts are studying the Impact on the environment of the massive fire that erupted in a fuel Storage Facility in Matanzas’s port of Matanzas.
With crucial measures being implemented in Matanzas the Matanzas region, various work teams are evaluating the quality of air in the provinces of Mayabeque and Havana the The Minister of Science, Technology and Environment Elba Rosa Perez said.

 Cuba Assesses Environmental Impact Of Fuel Storage Facility

“The principal goal is to ensure the proper the care of individuals’ health and limit the negative effects as much as possible,” the official told Cuban state television.

The fire in Cuba’s largest fuel Storage Facility, which is located 100 kilometers to the east of the capital city of Havana was started by lightning strikes striking one of tanks on the 5th of August according to Xinhua news agency.

At the very least, one person was confirmed dead, and other 122 people suffered injuries in the attack.

An important provincial official estimates that an amount of 6,232 tonnes of gas and particles released into the air.

The smoke Cloud that is located at an altitude of more than 4 km doesn’t affect the city’s residents in Matanzas according to an expert.

The health authorities also advised people, particularly children, the elderly , and those with chronic illnesses to avoid exposure to the rains that accompany the smoke plume, and to apply masks for their faces in those areas with the highest risk of exposure.

Matanzas residents of Matanzas have confirmed that acid rains fell in the last few days, and expressed worry about the potential destruction to local crops.

As of now, a total of 5 000 residents have been evacuated out of the area as per the official figures.


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